Artistic Borders

Jules Winnfield, Zeus Carver, Mace Windu are all names that are familiar to film fans around the world. The Bible-quoting hitman, the reluctant, foul-mouthed, heroic, John McClane sidekick and the black Jedi. These characters, along with dozens - over one hundred - others, were brought to life by one man; Samuel L. Jackson.

La La Land – How musicals should be.

Damien Chazelle loves music. Jazz music to be more precise. A quick peruse through his IMDB credits shows that. Writer-director Chazelle made one of my favourite films of 2015 in the brilliant Whiplash, an intense study of a young music college student, who longs to be a great drummer and the maniacal music mentor, who drives him to the brink. Whiplash soundtrack is an ode to jazz, with classic jazz staples played throughout.

Nocturnal Animals – review

Nocturnal Animals tells the story of disillusioned, upper-middle-class, art-gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams), who is slowly coming to the realisation that her pursing-of-the-Joneses lifestyle, with the slick clothing, show home apartment and Adonis-esque husband (an underused Arnie Hammer), is not at all what she thought would be.

The Accountant – before the Dark Knight

Ben Affleck’s Christian Wolff is an accountant whose brilliance and discretion bring him to the attention of many high profile criminal types, who use his expertise to look after their finances. He is also noticed by J. K. Simmons’ nearing retirement, chief treasury officer, Ray King, who uses unorthodox methods to enlist the help of the keen-minded Cynthia Addai-Robinson’s treasury officer Maybeth Medina to find out who the gentleman in every photo with the very bad people is.

Logan – The film X-fans were waiting for.

As a big X-men fan - collected the comics throughout the golden Chris Claremont era - and a would-be screenwriter and filmmaker, I have watched all the Fox iterations of X-men films and their connected films. Even though Bryan Singer strayed somewhat - okay, massively - from the source material, as films his first two were good. He even returned to save the franchise after the God awful Last Stand.

Quiet Suppression – We’ll Take That

Back in the mid eighties I and many of my friends, in our mid to late teens, listened to the same music. This was around the time I started going to clubs and meeting people who would become life long friends. One of the commonalities among us was music. Being black and having attended a…

Focus (not the Will Smith film)

  Blogs have taken a back seat of late as I try and turn my attention  forcibly to writing script form fiction. It is nearly a year since I made my last film and in the interim, all I have done is purchase film equipment, at an alarming rate and mooch around worrying about the…

Pushing Boundaries

  With great reluctance, it would seem, the BBC took the decision not to renew Jeremy Clarkson's contract this coming summer.   For those who may not know, Clarkson is a fifty - something, jeans sporting, man child, who fronts the very popular, thus lucrative, motor show Top Gear. Viewed in over one hundred and…

Liberal Comforts

   Your teenage years are a time for mistakes. It is a time when we think we know everything, that we are about to inherit the earth, that the older generation do not know what they are doing and it is time to hand over the reins to a younger, smarter, more dynamic generation.   You…